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London’s Burning: a celebration of radical London, past and present 
1st July - 5th August 

‘London Overground: A Day's Walk Around the Ginger Line’ with Iain Sinclair
Wednesday 29th July, 7pm
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‘Changing London: A Rough Guide for the Next London Mayor’ with Will Horowitz
Wednesday 5th August, 7pm
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‘Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance’ with Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby
Thursday 17th September, 7pm
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‘The Last Drop: The Politics of Water’ with Mike Gonzalez
Thursday 24th September, 7pm
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‘Industrial Workers of the World:  the union for all workers’ with Dave Pike
Wednesday 30th September, 7pm
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London’s Burning:

a celebration of radical London, past and present
1st July - 5th August


For this year’s London’s Burning season we’ve a wonderful line up of speakers, looking at subjects from gentrification, lost voices of asylum seekers, the mayorship, London at night, and a tour of the breadth of London’s rebellious past. There will also be a special event celebrating Housmans name-sake, Laurence Housman, on his 150th birthday. Full details below...

 

‘London Overground:
  A Day's Walk Around the Ginger Line’
with Iain Sinclair

Wednesday 29th July, 7pm
RSVP Essential – please email nik@housmans.com

**THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT!

PLEASE DON'T COME UNLESS YOU HAVE RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FOR US!**
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


This event is part of the London’s Burning Season at Housmans.

Iain Sinclair discusses his latest book, a tour of London’s Overground network, and the gentrification and social change it has brought. Please email nik@housmans.com to reserve a seat.

Echoing his journey in London Orbital over a decade ago, Iain Sinclair narrates his second circular walk around the capital. Shortly after rush-hour and accompanied by a rambling companion, Sinclair begins walking along London's Overground network, or, 'Ginger Line'.

With characteristic playfulness, detours into folk history, withering assessments of the political classes and a joyful allegiance to the ordinary and odd, Sinclair guides us on a tour of London's newest transport network - and shows the shifting, changing city from new and surprising angles.

About the author

Iain Sinclair's books include London Orbital, Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire, Downriver (which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award) Ghost Milk and American Smoke. He lives in Hackney, East London.


‘Changing London:  A Rough Guide for the Next London Mayor’
with Will Horowitz
Wednesday 5th August, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

This event is part of the London’s Burning Season at Housmans.

Changing London have been exploring the progressive potential of the post of mayor, and crowd sourcing practical ideas that could transform the capital for the better, offering up a view of how the city might look if we reclaimed it and fashioned it based on our needs and wants.

 

Changing London have been exploring the progressive potential of the post of mayor, and crowd sourcing practical ideas that could transform the capital for the better, offering up a view of how the city might look if we reclaimed it and fashioned it based on our needs and wants.

 

‘Changing London:  A Rough Guide for the Next London Mayor’ is a rough guide for the next mayor, capturing the radical but practical ideas of the people of London with a pioneering and collaborative approach to ​​politics.

Via a small website the authors asked Londoners for ideas using the formal powers of the mayoralty and also the “super powers” – the voice, the visibility and the unique capacity to convene. This book brings together hundreds of suggestions, plus experiences learnt from cities around the world, under five big visions for London.

What would the city look like if we determined to make it the best place on earth to raise a child? Or if it was a friendly city, where neighbourhoods thrived and everybody mattered? How could we build a fair city where lavish wealth is as unwelcome as abject poverty and both have been abolished? Or maybe  a healthy city, that did no harm and tackled sickness at source? And, to lead it all, how should we revitalise and retool a sham democracy which saw only 38% vote in the last mayoral election?

Ideas range from play streets to plotting sheds, London Sundays to a Have-a-Go Festival, a permanent Fair Pay Commission, a Children’s Trust Fund and a cultural guarantee for every child, citizens budgets, a Mayor's Share in the biggest businesses and the April Vote – an annual London referendum.

These and hundreds more are not a manifesto for the next mayor but a rough guide – a glimpse of how our city could look if we dared to gaze beyond the cautious consensus that has infected Westminster debate, and if we reclaimed the city as a place we share and build together. 

This is the book the voters wrote. It is vital reading for those who would be Mayor and those who will decide.   

About the authors

David Robinson is a community worker and a father of three. He has lived in east London all his life and been involved in social change in lots of different ways but mostly worked for Community Links www.community-links.org , a charity he set up many years ago. David also co founded Shift, www.shiftdesign.org.uk and the Children's Discovery Centre.

Will Horwitz has lived in east London for seven years. He has worked as a researcher and campaigner for charities including Oxfam and Community Links, and in 2015 went back to university to study political economy. He can occasionally be found on twitter @willhorwitz

Reviews

If you love London as your city and your home, please do read this excellent book… Is the political class ready for this kind of radical democratic politics? It doesn’t matter. Don’t wait for permission or nothing will change.— From the foreword by Jon Cruddas


I greatly applaud Changing London’s efforts to widen interest in the mayoralty and the role of the mayor. I particularly like the suggestions to engage local communities and people in discussions about the mayor, as City Hall can sometimes appear remote from ordinary Londoners. — Christian Wolmar

‘Popular Protest in Palestine:

The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance’
with Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby
Thursday 17th September, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Popular Protest in Palestine provides an overview and analysis of the role and significance of unarmed civil (popular) resistance in the Palestinian national movement. The main focus is on the contemporary popular resistance movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), but it is prefaced by a historical review of the thread of unarmed civil resistance that has run throughout the history of the Palestinian liberation struggle.

It informs a contemporary readership about this under-emphasised dimension of the Palestinian struggle, arguing that at the present juncture the popular resistance movement, especially in the West Bank, is the most significant form of struggle against the ongoing occupation.

Popular Protest in Palestine also addresses the international dimensions of the Palestinian struggle, focusing in particular on the BDS campaign, the role of international solidarity activists in the OPT and beyond, and the changing forms of engagement developed by international agencies seeking to work on the roots of the conflict whilst fulfilling their humanitarian aid mandates.


“With Israeli occupation forces and the U.S.-led “peace process” limiting both military and diplomatic options for achieving their freedom, Palestinians and their supporters are utilizing the power of popular unarmed resistance in their struggle for a viable independent state. Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby have written the most significant and comprehensive study of this important but under-appreciated part of the Palestinian resistance.”

Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and Coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies, University of San Francisco

 “A sensitive, thoughtful study, based on personal conversations meticulously documented and analysed by two people committed to nonviolent change and confronted by the heartbreaking realities of the continued oppression of Palestinians. This book reveals the courage of their popular resistance - and of the solidarity of Jewish Israeli activists - and suggests that it is international solidarity that could at last tip the balance.”

(Diana Francis, former President of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and Chair of the Committee for Conflict Transformation Support)


About The Authors


Marwan Darweish is Principal Lecturer in Peace Studies at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. He has extensive experience in conflict transformation and peacebuilding across the Middle East region and internationally. He co-edited Peacebuilding and Reconciliation: Contemporary themes and challenges (Pluto 2012).

 

Andrew Rigby is Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies, Coventry University where he was the founding director of the Centre for Peace & Reconciliation Studies. He is the author of 14 books covering various aspects of nonviolent theory and practice, uncluding Justice and Reconciliation: After the Violence (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001).

 

‘The Last Drop: The Politics of Water’
with Mike Gonzalez
Thursday 24th September, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Launching his latest book Mike Gonzalez reports on the intensifying struggles between the public and multinational companies over this most basic and essential of human resources.

Indispensable for human existence yet increasingly owned and controlled by private capital; the last decade has witnessed an intensifying battle for water. The exploding profits of the multinational companies which dominate the water industry are testimony to how high the stakes are - by 2012 it had become a worth a trillion dollars.  

The Last Drop traces a path through the complex arguments that surround the question of water, setting out to make the technical and scientific arguments more accessible and the political questions more urgent.

Against the market fundamentalists, Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes argue that it is both possible and necessary that considerations of equity and social justice prevail in the debates around water. They call for our water supply to be saved from subordination to the whims of the multinationals and placed under direct democratic public control. This book will be a vital resource for water activists and a wake-up call to everyone who takes for granted what comes out of their kitchen tap.


About The Authors


Mike Gonzalez is Emeritus Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is the co-editor of Arms and the People (Pluto, 2012) and author of Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the Twenty-first Century (Pluto, 2014)


Marianella Yanes is a Venezuelan journalist and writer for television and film. Until January 2009 she worked for the Venezuelan State Oil Corporation (PDVSA) as a journalist and documentary maker.

 

‘Industrial Workers of the World:  the union for all workers’

with Dave Pike
Wednesday 30th September, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a trade union with a rich history and somewhat unique approach to worker solidarity, in that its mission has been to create One Big Union that all workers can join. Today it is not unusual for IWW members to be member of their own trade-specific union as well as the IWW.

Although the IWW’s heyday was in the 1910s and 20s, the union continues to do important and effective work today, winning some notable victories for workers in the UK in recent years.

The National Secretary of the IWW, Dave Pike, introduces the fighting union, what it stands for and how it is winning victories for the working class - like higher wages for cleaners, permanency for temps and safety at work for fast food workers.

The IWW organise so that workers can win for themselves and are not reliant on union full-timers or politicians to fight for them. Come along to this event and find out a little about the IWWs history, what the union is doing in Europe and around the world, and how you can get involved.



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